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Fair Isle Lodge & Bird Observatory

Fair Isle Lodge and Bird Observatory | Shetland, ZE2 9JU, Scotland
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Queensland, Australia
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

I was on the last plane to land on Fair Isle for the next 4 days. The purpose built Bird Observatory is just that well designed and comfy with a fantastic reference library. The wardens were helpful and knowledgeable and it was fun to listen to the bird call in the evenings to see what birds had been seen. The... More 

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Thank Tasro
Leiston, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015 via mobile

I have never before stayed in hotel-type accommodation where I wasn't given a key to my room (though you could have one if you asked). Wonderful full board food. I was expecting rather dull Spartan rations but I couldn't have been more wrong. There is one communal table which is a great way to meet new people. We only had... More 

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Thank PennyPlain2014
Moffat, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The location - especially for bird watchers - is perfect. The en-suite rooms are basic but bright, very clean and pleasant. The large communal area and bar are good. The staff are all very helpful and always ready to answer questions, tell you about their research etc. The food is cafeteria style (you queue at the counter and there are... More 

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Thank Deb18042201
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

I stayed at the observatory for three nights. A big highlight is, if you go at the right time, you will see puffins just across the way. The rooms are clean and very comfortable. The food was excellent. The staff are friendly and go well beyond to help you. I am not a bird person but there was plenty of... More 

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2 Thank momotimetobe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

1st time visiting Fair Isle, stayed two and a half days. FIBO staff are warm welcoming and very helpful. Bedrooms are en suite and very comfortable. We were well catered for with regards to food, communal dining which gives people opportunity to mix and share stories etc and coffee/tea always available. Great setting, don't need to be interested in birds... More 

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1 Thank Ereerin
London, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Clean, comfortable, spacious rooms. Fabulous location, with breathtaking views from the large and comfortable lounge. Excellent meals--very tasty, lots of variety, healthy stuff as well as "homebakes", and they cater to dietary requirements. Friendly, very sociable atmosphere, and you can be active, or just relax. The staff were very mixed--the administrator was very helpful and competent, but the wardens were... More 

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3 Thank Dayton_family_456
Ayr, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Beautiful location, friendly well informed and enthusiastic staff with guided walks offered. Rooms are spacious, modern and clean with plenty of hot water . Towels, shampoo, shower gel and hand wash are all provided.Tea and coffee is available at any time self service in the lounge. Meals can cater for different diets and are eaten at set times in a... More 

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5 Thank Helen W
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

I stayed here with a group of friends for a week in the summer. What a magical place! I can't praise it highly enough. In order to get to Fair Isle, I had to travel across by boat because the planes were not flying. This is not recommended! The boat bobbed around like a cork on the high seas and... More 

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2 Thank Yoakley29
Greenwich, UK
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114 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

On arrival, you get collected by Observatory staff and delivered to your accommodation - and what a great place to stay it is. I was expecting hostel - it's more hotel. Comparable with a Premier Inn... with loads more. Rooms were bright and airy, and I was lucky enough to have a window overlooking the sea. My group of non-birders... More 

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5 Thank cdboy2002
Boulder, Colorado
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56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013 via mobile

Fabulous experience for birders, walkers, and those who want to get away from it all. Surprisingly comfortable lodging, excellent food and drink and, interesting fellow travelers and staff. Our return flight was delayed 8 hours due to fog allowing more time to explore the island. Best to assume there might be travel delays.

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